Turkey Purges 18,600 Civil Servants As Erdogan Prepares For A New Term

Postado Julho 11, 2018

A total of 18,632 Turkish state employees have been dismissed from their posts by a statutory decree under Turkey's state of emergency over their links with terror groups, according to the official gazette Sunday.

Nearly 9,000 police officials, some 6,000 armed forces personnel and 1,000 civil servants from the justice ministry have been affected by the measure, which Turkish media has dubbed the last state of emergency decree.

Another 1,052 civil servants from the justice ministry and linked institutions have been fired as well as 649 from the gendarmerie and 192 from the coast guard.

In Turkey issued a decree about the dismissal of more than 18 thousand public servants due to the cancellation of state of emergency.

The Turkish government blames the July coup, 2016, living in the USA of the theologian Fethullah gülen, and the charges of belonging to a "terrorist group Fethullah" is used during the purges constantly.

Critics say Erdogan is using the extra powers permitted under emergency rule, renewed seven times, to target opponents, with human rights defenders including Amnesty International lambasting the purges as arbitrary.

Among the powers he will have under constitutional changes approved in a referendum past year will be the right to start and end states of emergency unilaterally.

Turkey has been under state of emergency since July 2016 following an attempted coup that tried to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Sunday's decree also reinstated 148 people previously sacked through emergency decrees.

Gulen himself, who has been residing in the United States since 1999, has refuted all the allegations on numerous occasions.

More than 75,000 people have been arrested for alleged links to Gulen. Twelve NGOs, three newspapers and one television station will also be closed.